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iPad vs Computer – typing test

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iPad vs Computer – typing test

  There are many criticisms and barriers put up when one discusses the implementation of mobile devices in schools. These range from the philosophical to the practical and one that comes up often is the ‘fact’ that students can’t type productively on an iPad, especially when compared with a traditional keyboard on a PC or laptop. In March 2013, Brady Cline released a blog post with the results of a small scale test amongst elementary/primary school students which analysed their typing speeds on traditional keyboards, the iPad...

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Successful 1:1 integration – A How To Guide…

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Successful 1:1 integration – A How To Guide…

Easier as it would be to pretend otherwise, the truth is that integrating mobile technology into a school is not a ‘one size fits all’ sort of thing. That said, there are some basic principles which I think probably stand true for all schools going on this journey. This graphic illustrates the model which I think any school would benefit from understanding if not following.   To explain it briefly I believe that there needs to be a vision for WHY you are embarking upon this project (I will discuss this briefly later). This WHY will...

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Why Technology Integration Fails in the Classroom

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Why Technology Integration Fails in the Classroom

Over the last year I have lost count of the number of times I have heard someone say to me that their school, or a school they know has purchased X number of (usually, but not exclusively) iPads but they weren’t sure why, they didn’t know what the goal was and they weren’t sure what they were supposed to be doing with them.   A number of schools buy a test set of devices, maybe even as many as 50 or 100, and when you ask their staff what the next move is, they don’t know.   These examples do not...

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Why we must not fear the rise of the Robot Teacher

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Why we must not fear the rise of the Robot Teacher

Robot teachers seem inevitable. Technology is developing at such a pace that teachers are entirely overwhelmed by what is available to them in the classroom. As a classroom teacher who tries very hard to stay on top of these things I can tell you that it doesn’t matter how much time you dedicate to reading and trying out new apps, gadgets and software, if you go onto Twitter at any given moment you will be made to feel inadequate and behind the times within about 7 seconds. Nonetheless, what is important is to have a clear overall...

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Our students our connected…so why disconnect them!

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Our students our connected…so why disconnect them!

Please beware, I will mention the iPad in a positive way during this article. Cynics and the ill-informed may look away now. I find it very frustrating reading about all the great work that is going in to trialling, testing and implementing education technology only to then read the reactions of those who post ‘comments’ afterwards. Very rarely does anyone write an endorsement or support for those that propose edtech can make a difference, and yet there are so many out there ready to pick apart the slightest ‘flaw’...

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The 5 Best Devices for Mobile Learning

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The 5 Best Devices for Mobile Learning

This post has been written for Cageless Thinking by Bryan Baker. Bryan works with LeanForward, a mobile learning company.  There are many mobile devices out there today that allow users to surf the internet, play games and download applications. In addition to being a great source of entertainment, mobile devices are also an excellent tool for learning and education. Technology has always played a major part in continuing the education of the human race.  Years ago, computers that filled an entire room were used to help with research at...

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The 5 Apps EdTech needs now

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The 5 Apps EdTech needs now

Having been teaching with a tablet in my classroom for nearly a year it has become evident that the market for Education apps still isn’t quite right. I think this is most evident in the fact that the course I run training teachers to use an iPad effectively in the classroom features almost no ‘education’ apps. I do one session (out of 7) that revolves around subject-specific apps, but other than this, the apps that are used on a day-to-day basis are commercial, and often free.  That said, even these great apps, that no doubt you...

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What is the point of Educational Technology?

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What is the point of Educational Technology?

I spend a huge amount of my time reading about the top 5 apps for teachers, the best software for collaborative writing, the best web tool for this, that or the other, how to do something that I’ve never heard of but should have and now feel guilty about, so I’m going to Google it and try to drop it into a conversation next time I’m face to face with another teacher, so that I seem on top of the ever-burgeoning world of educational technology. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan. I might even describe myself as being someone close...

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The Reality of the Classroom of the Future

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The Reality of the Classroom of the Future

In the UK, private schools often use ‘small class sizes’ at 6th form (16-18years old) as a selling point to entice parents to choose their school over another. I regularly have the opportunity of teaching groups of 10 or less in their final year of study and this certainly has significant benefits. What is fascinating about teaching 6th form students is how 2 significant things change in the classroom: the teacher stops standing at the front of the room, and the use of varied teaching resources stops. Of course this is a horrible...

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The Evernote Experiment: Part 1

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The Evernote Experiment: Part 1

From 8th January – 22nd March I chose one class, my First Year class (aged11-12) to give up using exercise books, reading books and textbooks. Instead, they would use only digital mediums that were available to them through an iPad that they were supplied with during each lesson. We are now at the halfway point of this test, and I wanted to reflect a little on what I have found so far. The first stumbling block was the fact that the iPads that they had access to were not theirs to take home – they were issued at the start...

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